Action camera manufacturer GoPro has announced a new Hero 8 Black action camera, new modular accessories along with a GoPro Max action camera. The Hero 8 Black comes with a HyperSmooth 2.0 video stabilisation which is a significant improvement over HyperSmooth 1.0.
HyperSmooth 2.0 works in all resolutions and frame rates, and comes with a new Boost mode and has in-app horizon levelling. There is also a new TimeWarp 2.0 features that automatically rates adjustment and tap-control speed ramping. The Hero 8 Black sports four digital lenses to easily select a field of view, improved audio with enhanced wind suppression, customisable mode presets and a lighter, frameless design featuring folding mounting fingers.
The revamped SuperPhoto feature delivers ghost-free HDR action photos, and all-new LiveBurst captures 1.5 seconds of 12MP (4K 4:3) footage before and after the shutter. And if you need to hear it to believe it, HERO8 Black’s new wind-optimized front-facing mic and high-fidelity audio improvements will certainly do the trick. With the TimeWarp 2.0 feature users can auto adjust the camera to their speed and can be slowed to real time with a tap.
The Media Mod, Display Mod and Light Mod are modular accessories that deck Hero 8 Black with a professional-grade audio, a front-facing display and an enhanced lighting. The mods can also be used to transform HERO8 Black into a production powerhouse.
The GoPro Max is a dual lens GoPro camera that can be used as a waterproof, maximum-stabilised single lens HERO camera, a dual lens 360-degree camera or next-level vlogging camera with its built-in front facing display and shotgun-mic audio capabilities.
Max also features four digital lenses, including the new ultra-wide Max SuperView, GoPro’s widest field of view ever. Additional updates include in-camera 360-video and photo stitching plus keyframe-based editing of 360 content in the GoPro app.
The company also announced a new GoPro Million Dollar Challenge that now features Hero 8 Black and MAX and is open exclusively to owners of Hero 8 Black and MAX. The Million Dollar Challenge will award an equal share of $1,000,000 to entrants whose video clips are included in the GoPro Million Dollar Challenge video that will be released in late January 2020. Entry for the challenge has already begun and will last till January 12.
The media mod delivers shotgun-mic directional audio performance and features two cold shoe mounts for additional accessories along with Type-C, HDMI and 3.5mm external mic adapter ports.
The display mod is a folding front- or rear-facing 1.90-inch display that attaches to the top of the Media Mod. It’s the perfect size for both framing up vlogging shots and folding down and out of the way when not in use.
The light mod is waterproof to 33 feet (10 meters), wearable and gear-mountable and can be used to brighten any scene, whether mounted to the Media Mod or attached to a GoPro mount, it’s rechargeable, and it comes complete with a diffuser to soften lighting when filming with HERO8 Black.
Consumers can pre-order the Hero 8 Black at GoPro.com today with shipments beginning October 15. The Hero 8 Black will be available at select retail partners around the world starting October 20.